Tattershall Castle – Down By The Riverside
A historic London steamboat turned bar moored on the side of the River Thames is back in operation after an extensive makeover and a 100 yard move down the river. Tattershall Castle has traditionally been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, boasting sumptuous food, delectable drinks and an array of events – from weddings to comedy.
Owned by Stonegate Pubs, Tattershall Castle was previously moored near Westminster Bridge but has now moved 100 yards down the river to sit opposite the London Eye. The move was originally supposed to take place in January 2017 but the discovery on an unexploded World War Two bomb in the Thames meant the move was delayed until May.
Inside the boat, a previously tired décor has been overhauled by Interior Design firm Edwards McCoy. Working on the project since December 2016, Director Sally Anne McCoy spoke to Premier Hospitality about the work:
“Stonegate Pubs are long time clients of ours and in addition to Tattershall Castle we’ve worked on many of their high end pubs. The original brief for this project was to update the downstairs area, now called The State Room, and the VIP area on The Bridge to make it more suitable for the type of events they host.
“Previously the look of the interior was quite tired. It had old colours and it needed to look slightly more glamorous and appealing. With the new design we’ve decided to remove the chrome that was prevalent previously and use more antique brass and traditional boat fittings. There is a new polished look floor with navy and teal as some of the prominent colours. Overall we’ve tried to make it very sumptuous and luxurious in its look.
“We are also working on the bridge which is a bit more challenging. It’s quite an odd shape and obviously it’s all windows. They sometimes have weddings in there so it has to be a very flexible space. With all the designs we do I like to keep the same feel running throughout. The bridge has a similar colour scheme to the lower deck, although it’s slightly lighter. Again it’s quite simple with a nod to 1920s.”
“Obviously it’s an iconic boat in the most incredible location in London so we’re really pleased to have worked on it. It was definitely an unusual project, we’ve never worked on a pub boat before so we’ve learnt a lot but overall it’s been great to work on.”
Now located opposite to the London Eye, Tattershall is ideally placed to capitalise on a large amount of footfall. The unique nature of the boat turned bar makes it a particularly appealing prospect for tourists looking for a drink or bit to eat accompanied by a stunning view of one of London’s premier landmarks.
Food at Tattershall Castle is a mixture of classic maritime dishes, like fish and chips, to traditional pub meals like Cumberland sausages and mash. Exclusively available on deck, the Burger Shack offers a tasty selection of meat, fish and vegetarian burgers. To wash this down guests can choose from a variety of cocktails and craft beers from around the world.
For many years Tattershall Castle has also been well known for its comedy nights, with some of the biggest names in the industry making regularly making secret appearances to try out their latest material.
Originally launched in 1934, Tattershall Castle spent the first forty years of its life ferrying passengers across the Humber estuary. The boat arrived on London’s Embankment in 1975, becoming a bar and restaurant in 1982.
For more information on the revamped Tattershall Castle, please visit thetattershallcastle.co.uk.